Me and sleeping outside. It’s a thing. And in a spot like this, I’d say going indoors qualifies as lunacy! So grateful to be seeing the world and it’s breathtaking places. And I still love #home and the @greatsmokynps the best, even as I am stunned by #Switzerland and @unesco world heritage sites #oeschinensee
At Affenberg Salem nearly 200 Barbary macaques (#endangered) roam freely in a 20 ha forest. As you enter the park you can observe the monkeys living as they would in the Atlas mountains of Algeria and Morocco. A path guides you through the monkeys‘ home range in the middle of a beautiful forest. The head primatologist does an incredible job, and has had success introducing macaques born and raised here into the wild. Plus there is one of the largest stork colonies in the world, a garden, and homemade food! Magical place. #affenbergsalem #germany #amiinswitzerlandyet
So, I was surprised and delighted when my phone rang a few weeks ago and the voice on the line said “Hi, Ashley, it’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand!” We met some years ago, having been on a panel together, and I remembered her as being both energetic and kind. At the time, I was preparing to run for office and she was generous with time and frank in discussing the work/life demands and balance of public service. She asked me to have lunch, and she was whip smart, fun, interested in the people around her, kind, spirited and had a calm and focused energy. I know her work as a brave voice calling out the rampant and deplorable sexual assault by American men in our military against American women in the US military, and demanding proper and effective reforms of that violent and unjust system. She’s also a pro-choice and pro-family and has recently demonstrated her ability to be bold and hold her line. I am not yet endorsing any candidate for president. I would very much like to see Senator @KristenGillibrand make it to the debates. Her voice needs to be there. I have made a donation to her campaign and I hope you’ll do so, too. The more smart people we have debating how to take us forward, the more likely we are to have the best candidate. America deserves that. Click the link in my bio to donate.
16 women are filing a class action lawsuit against the FBI with support from the @TIMESUPNOW Legal Defense Fund, because #TIMESUP on sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation at the @FBI and every workplace. Support TIME’S UP’s ongoing work! Link in bio. #SheCanToo
Another commitment prevented me from attending Oslo Conference on Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence (#SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises this week, but I was there in spirit, having seen first hand the exceeding sexual vulnerability of girls and women in conflict zones (South Sudan, eastern Ukraine) and humanitarian setting (Bangladesh, Jordan) SGBV is a global challenge, but it is not inevitable and we can overcome it. In my work with @UNFPA, I have seen how women in crises hold communities together, if they can be protected and empowered. #EndSGBVOslo
In 48 hours, @McDonaldsCorp shareholders from around the country will gather in Dallas. They need to know #TIMESUP - @McDonalds, it’s time you put a stop to sexual harassment and retaliation at your restaurants. Join me in standing with the company’s workers - add your name to the @timesupnow letter (link in bio).